All you need to know before joining us for an epic weekend dedicated to all things chile in Pueblo, CO!
EVENT TIME & LOCATION
Historic Downtown Pueblo in the SRDA Parking Lot and on S. Grand Ave. in front of the Vail Hotel → Saturday, September 26th – 10:00am-7:00pm → Sunday, September 27th – 10:00am-7:00pm
→ The $5 gate admission will NOT be required this year, instead we will have an online portal to “Donate” your gate admission and receive a coupon for $2 off any beverage.
FREE Parking Garages S. Main St Parking Garage Grand & City Center Dr Pay to Park Main Street Parking Garage - $10.00 per Day
Handicap Parking Professional Bull Riders Parking Lot, back entrance off Victoria St
Conceal Carry accepted with Colorado credentials, no out of state. Open Carry is forbidden.
Dogs are allowed at the event; they must be on a leash.
During the 26th Annual Pueblo Chile & Frijoles THROWBACK Fest there will be two downtown areas designated for farmers markets with your favorite Pueblo grown chile roasting on Saturday 9/26 and Sunday 9/27 from the hours of 10am to 7pm. Patrons will be able to purchase their produce in a safe and socially distanced outdoor environment. Safety protocols will be in place and enforced by security personnel.
Famers Markets will be located at the SRDA Parking lot and on S. Grand Ave. in front of the Vail Hotel. • No more than 175 guests allowed in any designated festival area at one time.
Temperature checks and masks will be required to enter the farmers market.
Separate entry and exit gates.
Hand sanitizing stations available.
NEW Curbside Pickup! Patrons will be able to place an order online with your favorite participating farm stand and have your order ready curbside for convenience. More details to come.
Chili & Salsa Showdown
The festival will heat things up with the Chile & Salsa Showdown. The food competition will be held at the Pueblo Convention Center.
Saturday, September 26th at the Pueblo Convention Center Winners of each category for the commercial entries will receive $500 along with bragging rights and will be announced at Saturday 2:00pm in the Credit Union of Colorado entertainment tent.
Sunday, September 27th at the Pueblo Convention Center Entries will be awarded prizes for the top three places; first place will receive $100, second place will receive $50 and third place will receive $25.
Both commercial and non-commercial have three categories that will be judged including the best red chili, green chili and salsa. For more information please contact the Chamber at 719.542.1704.
→ The Jalapeno Eating Contest →The Chihuahua Parade →6 Entertainment Tents →Frijole Spitting Contest →Live Food Demonstrations
In some places, the sight of falling leaves is synonymous with fall. In Pueblo, the savory aroma of roasting chilies signals summer’s end.
The annual Chile & Frijoles Festival, held each year the third weekend after Labor Day, is Pueblo’s harvest celebration. The festival is hosted by the Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce.
Every year, thousands pay homage to Pueblo’s best-loved crop: green chilies, particularly Pueblo Chile.
The event features live entertainment, street vendors, cooking competitions, and chilies, chilies, chilies! Held downtown along Union Avenue, the festival draws Pueblo residents as well as people from across the state and around the nation.
Popular Chile Fest Activities
→ Farmers Market, Local Dining & Shopping, & More! → Chili & Salsa Showdown
The festival will heat things up with the Chili & Salsa Showdown Sponsored by Franklin D. Azar & Associates.
The competition will be held at the Pueblo Convention Center Saturday, September 21st for Commercial Entries and Sunday, September 22nd for Non-Commercial Entries. Winners will receive cash prizes and bragging rights for best Red Chili, Green Chili, and Salsa.